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Does ur child not eat well? This could be one of the reasons..

Intestinal infection is caused by parasites that dwell in intestines of the child body and take the nutrition from the digested food.

Baby. Jiya is 4 year old kid . She used to wake up at night, complaining of itching around anus. She use to get stomach pain often and sometimes used to vomit. When taken to paediatrician , doctor said it's worm infestation. Let's see what is worm infestation , it's types, causes and treatment in this blog.


Types :

Flat worms like Tape worm:

Tape worm lives in intestine attaching to Intestinal wall.
Some of them live in water and drinking this contaminated water causes infection.

Round worms like Ascariasis:

This round worm lives in soil. It enters when the child ingest it. Therefore, children must wash hands properly after playing in soil.

Causes :
  • Poor sanitation
  • Unsafe drinking water.
  • Contact with contaminated faeces
  • Not washing hands properly
  • Intake of under cooked fish and meat.

Risk factors :

  • Children are more vulnerable to worm infections because they play in mud ,sand. And also there are still developing immunity which prones them for worm infestation.
  • In older children, if they have less immunity chances are high for worm infestation.

Signs and Symptoms : 

Affected child is asymptomatic at initial stages. As the worms reproduce the severity increases causing symptoms.
Signs and symptoms depends on type of the worm.

 General signs and symptoms are:
  • Fever
  • Generalised Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Itching around Rectum
  • Redness around Rectum
  • Anemia
  • Weight loss
  • Sometimes dysentery.
  • Dysentery is diarrhoea with blood and mucus.
  • Worms which look like earth worm is seen in bowel movement.
  • In rare cases, worms comes out through nose and mouth.
Diagnosis :

Stool test is performed to know the type of worm infection.

Treatment :

  • Consult doctor if these signs and symptoms present.
  • Deworming can be done once in 6 months with Albendazole or Mebendazole. It's a 10 ml single dose syrup which is given at the night before sleep. In younger children like 1 year to 2 year 5 ml is given .Consult doctor for the dosage specially for smaller children.

How to treat in natural ways :

Eat pumpkin seeds :
Pumpkin is rich in cucurbitine which has an anti-parasitic action.
Eating papaya seeds in empty stomach is another option.

Pumpkin Seeds

Pine apple too is helpful.


Garlic :

Garlic has lot of medicinal properties  . It also eliminates worms.

garlic 1

Turmeric : 

Turmeric's antiseptic and anti inflammatory effect on worms is wonderful.

Fresh turmeric isolated on white

Carrots :

Carrots are rich source of beta carotene and fiber which eliminates the eggs of worm. Consuming it in empty stomach for a week does miracle.
Fresh carrot

Prevention :

  • Teach child about hand washing especially after defecation.
  • Wash hands before eating food.
  • Wash vegetables and fruits properly before use.
  • Avoid under cooked fish and meat.
  • Cook the meat properly at high temperature.
  • Deworming once in 6 months.
  • Eat nutritious food and follow healthy lifestyle.
  • Wash hands properly after the child plays in mud.
  • Drink boiled water or purified water when u go out .

Tiny hands at a tap

Diet :
  • Avoid  chocolates , biscuits and sugar containing foods.
  • Take probiotics which improve the healthy bacteria in the gut.
  • Take fibre rich foods such as carrots, beetroot, different vegetables,flax seeds which cleanses intestine.
  • Include garlic and turmeric in diet.
  • Vitamin C enriched foods help in improving immunity.


Conclusion :

Follow healthy diet and lifestyle to avoid worm infestation. Regular de worming helps in prevention of infection and thus preventing other problems like anemia and growth failure.

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By Divya Lokesh.


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